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Butler County Community College
901 S. Haverhill Road
Building 100, Room 104
El Dorado, Kansas 67042
Letters to the editor encouraged
Searcy Duncan celebrates
after Butler defeated the
Bronc Busters in Garden City
on October 10. The win
was first of three crucial
victories on the Grizzlies'
way to a national title.
Photo by Mike Shepherd.
12 Y2K mania
There's been a lot of talk
about what will happen to
computers and the world
come January 1, 2000-except
for at Butler. Is there a prob-
lem? If there is, can the
Story by Kristy Egbert
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The Grizzly football team
completed a sweep of its sea-
son's opponents by defeating
Rick's College in the Diary
Bowl to win the 1998
Story by Travis Hare
and Mike Shepherd
A bottle of wine. A three-
month supply of t-shirts. A
lunch box and a guitar.
What do all of these things
have in common? They're all
in Dean Book's KISS
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^^m That's what fames Davis says it takes
to succeed in martial arts, and he
plans on practicing what he preaches as he
fights his way to the top of the Karate world
He's a man on a mission.
It's his mission to be the best in martial arts.
Not just in El Dorado or Kansas. Not just in the
Midwest. Not just in the United States, either.
He wants to be the best martial arts fighter in
the world. Period. That's all. No bigee.
And the 24-year-old Butler sophomore
continued that quest in January when he
flew down to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, to
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compete in the internationally-televised Caribbean
International Martial Arts Games, where he
fought some of the best fighters on the planet
as a member of Team USA.
"It doesn't matter if I fight 10 or one, I plan
on winning," Davis said before leaving Jan. 14 -
his birthday-for Jamaica and the week-long
tournament. "When I go to a tournament, I'm
competing against myself, not the other guy,
to be the best that I can be."
In Jamaica, Davis won a silver medal.
After winning his first two fights handily,
Davis was disqualified in the finals match
as he was going for the gold. "The guy I
was fighting didn't beat me. I beat myself," Davis explains.
Organizers of the tournament were worried about safety
in the contact sport, and Davis says, overly concerned. "A
lot of good fighters were disqualified because they weren't
used to such precaution."
Davis' road to martial arts success began when he was a
third grader, enrolled in a Henderson, Nev, Boys Club
Judo class. He messed around with that for a little over a
year before dropping it altogether. In middle school he
took Tae Kwon Do lessons for another year.
Neither Judo nor Tae Kwon Do factored into his life
until 1996. Working out of El Dorado as a subcontractor
who redesigned gas stations, Davis was on the job in
Atlanta during the Olympics when he heard about a local
A year of hard work has paid off for James Davis, seen here
working out in downtown El Dorado. After a hiatus from the
sport, Davis got back into Karate a year ago and has advanced
all the way up to a red belt, just one short of a black. "Just
because you possess a certain color belt doesn't guarantee
you're going to be a good fighter. That's why I focus on just
trying to improve myself," Davis says.
Tae Kwon Do tournament. He went over to check it out,
and when he saw the competition, he decided to enter as a
green belt. (According to Davis, in the martial arts profi-
ciency is measured and "belts" of competency are award-
ed to students who master techniques, and self-defense
moves. In order of expertise, from lowest to highest, are
the white, yellow, green, blue, red, and black belts. Davis
says it generally takes three to six months of intense train-
ing to move up a belt.)
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Davis, the green belt, won the tournament. It was a
turning point in his life.
"That sparked me," he remembers. "It made me want to
move home to settle down, go back to school and get
involved in martial arts again."
To get REAL involved in martial arts again.
Moving was no big deal. Butler handled the school part,
and Dave Estes of El Dorado Martial Arts in downtown El
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Dorado handled the rest. Davis calls Estes his Sensei (sen-
say), or teacher of American Freestyle Karate, which is
now Davis' fuel on his fire.
In one year, Davis has been training and working out
from six to eight times a week to become the best fighter
he can become. Private lessons, daily fighting, weightlift-
ing, aerobics, jumping rope and the ritualistic working on
technique are all part of his equation to find big-time
"When I first met Mr. Dave Estes, he gave me an
overview about what it was all about. We started sparring
from day one, and we've been doing it daily ever since."
Davis, in less than a year, has moved up from a white to
blue belt, and in regional competition in Wichita,
Lawrence, Kansas City, Joplin, Hays and McPherson, he
generally competes against black belts. In 10 tournaments
A beam of sunlight shines on James Davis' face as he twirls the
punching ball with his fists, left. Above, Davis works with his
instructor - called a 'sensei' - Dave Estes during a daily work-
out at the El Dorado Martial Arts Center.
in 1998-remember, he just began this seriously last
January-he has finished first place eight times, second
place twice, and on two occasions he was Black Belt Grand
Champion, meaning not only did he fight up in class
against black belts, he beat the best of the black belts at
Modestly, James Davis waxes philosophically about the
color of belts. "Just because you possess a certain color belt
doesn't guarantee you're going to be a good fighter. That's
why I focus on just trying to improve myself, not on beat-
ing the competition."
He says Sensei Estes encourages him to fight against
competitors who supposedly have more experience and
better technique so that Davis will learn from good fight-
ers, not bad ones. For the international competition in
Jamaica, he qualified to fight as a red belt.
"If I want to be recognized as one of the best in the
world, I have to move out to the coast," Davis says. "I see
myself moving out to California where I might be able to
attract attention to myself and get some team sponsors
that would allow me to get more national and internation-
"In the long run, I see myself opening up a martial arts
school. But before that I want to be one of the best. That's
my main focus at the present time."
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Can Butler handle the new year? Officials say yes
Story by Kristy Egbert •Photo illustration by Chris Lawrie
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Year 2000 paranoia is sweep-
ing the country. Why are so
many people paranoid?
Because Y2K critics say it is going to
bring about a technological
Armageddon, so to speak. All is quiet
on Butler's midwestern front regard-
ing the Y2K computer bug. So the
question on inquiring minds is, if
there is a problem, can Butler survive?
That's a good question.
About 30 years ago computer pro-
grammers designated computer date
codes in six digits rather than eight to
save expensive memory. Having the
computer assume a (19) in the year
spot seemed like a good decision, at
least at the time. Newer computers
are built with a four-digit year, so
they are compliant with Y2K. But
older machines and programs still
could be useless come the turn of the
century. On those machines at mid-
night on January 1, 2000, the date
will read 01 /01 /00. Since a (19) is
assumed by the computers they could
interpret 01/01/00 as January 1, 1900,
hence the nightmare begins.
People, of course, will know that
the "00" stands for 2000, however the
hardware in those computers will not
understand the new meaning, and
unless they are fixed or replaced they
could fail at the turn of the century.
The computers could fail in one of
three ways: they will reject legitimate
entries, compute erroneous results or
just simply not run. Now, to anyone
who knows computers or relies on
them to get through their daily lives,
this is pretty scary news.
Mainframe computers run just
about everything in our country — air
traffic control, banks, railroads, public
utilities, telephone lines, military com-
munication, Social Security, Medicare,
the financial markets and more.
Basically, we're almost completely
dependent on computer systems that
are subject to the Y2K bug.
Year 2000-induced failures may
have a severe impact on their ability
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to deliver critical services, such as the
nation's air transportation may face
major delays and disruptions because
airlines may not be able to file flight
plans with the Federal Aviation
Administration. Taxpayers may not
receive timely tax refunds because the
Internal Revenue Service may be
unable to process their returns.
Payments to retirees and veterans
may be delayed or disrupted by the
failure of the nation's benefit payment
system. Plenty more could go wrong
as well, including power outages due
to the failure of power grids.
Something of great importance to
most of the people reading this is the
fact that college students may not
receive their educational loans
Whatever happens on the first day
of 2000, Butler will be OK. Right now,
the college is in the middle of a soft-
ware implementation. The search for a
replacement began in 1996, partly
because of Y2K, but the more impor-
tant reason was the fact that the cur-
rent software is old and outdated. All
the software is going to be switched
over to Banner 2000 that was pur-
The Year 2000 will come and go just like any other year. I'
-freshman Quentin Shackelford
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life will go on, and I'll be running my train set on January 1, 2000."
■Torn Erwin, Butler's chief information officer
chased from the SCT corporation. A
Hewlett Packard 9000 computer was
also purchased to run it. Both are Y2K
compliant. Y2K and outdated appli-
ances were primary reasons for the
earlier implementation of the new
software. Y2K just pushed the time-
line. It usually takes three years to
implement a system and Butler's been
able to cut it in half, down to 18
months. Software that is Y2K compli-
ant is progressively being installed in
the computer labs and workstations
and will continue to be through out
this next fiscal year.
Tom Erwin, the chief information
officer of Butler, is one of many who
plan, design, install and support the
info tech system at Butler. He's more
worried about people's reactions to
Y2K, rather than the bug itself. "A lot
of religious views are coming into
play, like Armageddon. My biggest
fear is people's reaction to the Y2K
thing; they become alarmist, very
fearful. I wonder how everyone is
going to react to the media frenzy. The
best advice I heard was to prepare for
Y2K like you would prepare for a nor-
mal storm that would knock out the
power for a night," Erwin says.
There's a lot of information floating
around out there that is not valid;
people don't know or can't tell
whether it's fact or fiction. Of course,
people have to expect a few inconve-
niences. The internet has been a huge
tool in informing people about Y2K,
unfortunately as much of it is hoopla
as it is fact.
"Essentially, you either fix it or
replace it; we chose to replace it.
That's the basic decision people are
going to have to deal with. I try to
keep informed, I take a lot of maga-
zines and periodicals on Y2K. The bet-
ter informed people can be about it
all, the better, rational conclusions
they can come to," Erwin says.
Butler's early start on this problem,
enabling the college to push ahead
into the new century, has a positive
impact. It's helped to update equip-
ment and given technology a push
that may not have occurred otherwise.
Taking some precautions has been
advised like hoarding cash, food,
water, fuel and medical supplies by
December 31, 1999. Some people have
taken it as far as buying power gener-
ators, building dwellings under-
ground or in the mountains and stor-
ing massive amounts of food.
"Personally, I think people are little
extreme about the food, but at least
they can eat it," Erwin says.
This whole Y2K business has either
got people worried and panicked, or
just plain muffed about all of the hype
and attention it's getting when there
is really nothing to worry about.
Butler freshman BJ Woodside is taking
one side of the Y2K debate .
"It will be the end of the world
and the charred bodies will litter the
streets," he says.
Others, including freshman
befuddled by the mass hysteria."
Quentin Shackelford, believe the
whole thing is blown out of propor-
tion. "All would be well with the
world if the media didn't play to peo-
ples' petty emotions by worrying
about murder, madness, mayhem and
wide-spread panic. We invented time,
so why do we fear it? The year 2000
will come and go just like any other
year," Shackelford says. "I'm befud-
dled by the mass hysteria."
However devastating Y2K seems, it
has been said that any serious year
2000-related computer problems that
happen after midnight on December
31, 1999, should be repaired within
days or even hours of the problem.
Luckily, New Year's Eve 1999 falls on
a Friday, leaving the weekend to recu-
"I'm a very optimistic person, I
have some faith in our systems and
the people addressing the issue,"
Erwin says. "But I think it'll be OK,
we'll just have some minor inconve-
"All in all we'll be OK, life will go
on, and I'll be running my train set on
January 1, 2000."
Choo-choo. We can only hope.
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The lights dark and the cold auditorium soon became the arena
in which a dozen silhouetted bodies dashed across the backdrop.
Artificial smoke rose from the floors slightly obscuring even the best
view in the house.
A little bit later, the stage lights are dimmed again, and the
sound of a fetal heartbeat echoes off the walls. A spotlight appears
and shines on the dancer awaiting her first cue. Throughout the
performance, the dancer moves with the music and the sound of a
When Cheyla Cabrales was asked two years ago to
choreograph a dance, she had just met her bio-
logical parents and was eight months pregnant.
"I was very emotional," she remembers. "But dance is an
emotional medium for me; I use it to get out what I don't
want to say aloud."
The Butler dance instructor has gone through a lot in her
life, including knowing at age five that she was adopted.
"Although, I feel like knowing from that age on was good,"
Still family-oriented, Cabrales calls her adoptive mother
her mom. "Anybody can have a child, not everybody can be
a good parent. How different my life would have been-I
grew up the oldest but would have been the youngest-not
that I would give up my family now, or my biological fami-
"Having a child was so significant to me," Cabrales says.
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She was excited, but a little afraid, like all first-time moth-
ers. "But I didn't think I knew anything about that."
And she wanted to tell the world just what she was
going through. "I had a lot of fears that I wouldn't be able
to communicate how I felt to my child. It was because I
was very reclusive most of my life."
And thus, "Quiera" was born-the dance and the child.
"Quiera" was performed by Kerri Wayland, a talented
Augusta High School student, with a music layover that
included Cabrales' voice, the sounds of a fetal heartbeat,
and soft music wafting in and out.
The dance which was one of many performed at Are
You Ready ?-the Fall Dance concert in December.
All the other performances in the fall concert, except the
title piece, were choreographed by Cabrales. "Are You
Ready?"-the dance, choreographed by Jonathan Lewis at
the NCA Dance Co.-was a hip-hop, jazz kind of piece that
got the crowd involved.
All of the other dance pieces were different, though
choreographed by the same person. "Between the Lines"
was the second piece performed. It was a dance theater
piece that consisted of an actor, John Sommerhauser, and a
dancer, Cabrales. "Wake Up" was a ballet piece performed
by the beginning ballet class. "Yours" was a solo of mod-
ern dance performed by Seth Stone.
The next performance was "Dear Me," with Cabrales on
stage performing a modern dance with a chair incorporat-
ed into the choreography, with three male dancers joining
in out in the audience.
"'Dear Me' was my favorite, because you can express
yourself in your own way; your own interpretation. Dance
doesn't have set boundaries," Seth Reimer, who also
danced in "Are You Ready?", says.
There were also two more group performances. One
was a tap-dance piece with six women performing in it.
"Everybody Else" is a modern dance performed by five
women. It was the only dance that Cabrales held auditions
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"I go into a different state of mind when I dance," says
Tina Sayre, who performed in the concert. "Because I'm
focusing on one thing-the dance and how it makes me
And that's just what Cabrales was trying to accomplish.
"Through my choreography, I'm trying to give the stu-
dents a more artistic view of dance, to expose them to
more genres of dance," Cabrales explains.
Opposite page top: Kerri Wayland, an Augusta High
School student, performs Cheyla Cabrales' dance
"Quiera," a tribute to her daughter.
Photo by Justin Hayworth.
Opposite page bottom: The spotlight catches Tina
Sayre's face in a dance titled "Everybody Else."
Photo by Justin Hayworth.
Left: Tina Sayre and Lacy Kerr perform more artistic
moves in Are You Ready.
Photo by Mike Shepherd.
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Chances are, he didn't lose it, he just can't find it.
And by taking a look inside the office of Bill
Bid well-Butler's seemingly forgetful instructor-it's
easy to see why.
If you can open the door. The door opens in, but only to
40 degrees, less than half of what it is supposed to. But it's
enough for him to slide in. Eight years in room 128 has been
plenty of time for Bidwell to fill it, literally, to the roof.
Once inside, it's hard telling what you might find. If he's
ever lost it, it's probably in there.
However, Bidwell is vowing to change that perception of
him. To start, he's going to clean his messy office.
He managed to fill a recycling bin full with old papers
outside his office one day back in January. Some dated back
more than three years. "I have no idea why I kept that," he
Despite the progress he'd made that day, he had to scoot
boxes back in to his office because the janitors told him he
couldn't keep his stuff in the hallway.
"I'll have it all cleaned up by Friday," he says. "Or
Butler's Michael Jackson, right, tries to steal the ball
away from Cloud County's Justin Steinbrock during
the second half of the January 23 meeting. Butler won
81-55. At the end of January, their record is 4-4 in the
Jayhawk Conference and 15-6 overall.
Photo by Mike Shepherd.
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There were six - count 'em, six -
captains on the football team, a
symbolic representation of just how
talented the Grizzlies were in '98.
Pictured to the right are Jared Page,
Corey Harris, and AJ Blazek. The
other three not pictured are Josh
Allen, Andy Guhr, and
Photo by Mike Shepherd.
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Tailback Rudi Johnson runs up
the field for a huge gain in the
second-round playoff game with
Hutchinson. Several inches of
rain the week after Halloween
turned Galen Blackmore
Stadium into a swamp.
Photo by Justin Hayworth.
he clearance lights glowed like orange Christmas
decorations and the engines rumbled like only
h diesels can as assistant football coach Steve Braet
stuffed one last bag into the lead charter bus luggage com-
partment. Meanwhile, head coach James Shibest finished an
interview for KAKE-TV.
"This is going to be a long 20-hour ride, but a fun one.
When the number one team is going to play the number two
team, everyone's excited," he said.
With those comments, the cameraman's light turned off
and Shibest stepped onto the bus. Within minutes, two
Village Charter motor coaches rolled out of the parking lot
to the cheers and applause of fans on their way to Idaho,
with championship dreams on board.
Travis Hare and
Whether the Grizzlies would come back to Kansas with a
championship would have to wait a week to be seen. To
some, the wait seemed as long as the season itself. But if the
gridiron stars that proved the skeptics wrong all season
were successful in just one more effort, then the wait would
definitely be worth it.
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Carl Nesmith carries the ball up the field in Garden City in Butler's most crucial win of
After losing prospect tailback
Leo Mills to Division I Arizona, it
was up in the air as to who would
play that position. And as far as
the air goes, it was hot, damn hot,
as heat indices soared well above a
hundred for several days in a row.
The deaths of two Wichita-area
high school players due to the
heat caused concern for folks
around the Butler camp.
The loss of Mills took care of
itself when Virginia freshman
Rudi Johnson stepped up during
the preseason Purple and Gold
scrimmage. Shibest put Johnson
on the roster and every one
seemed ready for the first game
against Northeastern Oklahoma,
the 19th ranked team in the
"I feel we have a good chance to
win," said offensive lineman AJ
Blazek of the then-ranked No. 20
Grizzlies. "If we go right at them
on offense and fly around them on
defense, I have no doubt we'll
It was that confidence that car-
ried the Grizzlies through that
game and for the rest of the sea-
son. "We have real high expecta-
tions, not just for this game, but
for the entire season," Shibest said.
Preparing for war
The Grizzlies took an 11-spot
jump in the polls to No. 9 after
defeating non-conference NEO.
That was a big win for the
Grizzlies because NEO had beaten
them the year before and were
thought to be the better team. But
the season. Photo by Justin Hayworth.
that game was over now and it
was time for league play to start.
The victims: Independence, which
was shut out 29-0 and Grizzly full-
back Marcus Childs who suffered
a broken leg.
Coach Shibest said after the next
match with Coffeyville that his
players needed to be ready to go
to war. That's exactly what that
game had been as it took two
overtimes to knock off their sec-
ond ranked opponent. Butler had
been up by 14 late in the fourth
when the Red Ravens mounted
their comeback with two touch-
down passes. But two overtime
field goals by Adam Stiles sealed
the win, rebuilding his reputation
as a kicker. Even the radio
announcers were doubtful that
Stiles could make the game-win-
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Right and bottom photos: Freshman tailback
Rudi Johnson rushed for over 1,600 yards
in just seven starts this season. He col-
lected 196 in the playoff game with
Garden City. Photos by Justin Hayworth.
"There was a lot of pressure on
me," Stiles said. "I missed a few
kicks earlier and (the team) was
relying on me to make them."
Gearing up for Garden
The Grizzlies carried their three
game winning streak to
Hutchinson for their first road test
of the season in late September.
Things didn't look good early on
as Butler was quickly down 12-0.
"The slow play of the offense in
the first quarter was basically my
fault," said sophomore quarter-
back Josh Allen. "I made a few
bad reads and misthrew the ball."
However, Butler scored three
times before the half on a two-
yard run by Andy Guhr, a fumble
recovery by Jermaine Petty and
Allen's 46-yard pass to Damon
Richardson. Hutchinson countered
with two more touchdowns to
take the half time lead 25-20. That
kind of scoring will happen when
a defense gives up over 200 yards
as Butler did that game.
But Butler dominated the sec-
ond half, holding the Blue
Dragons scoreless while scoring 19
of their own, winning 39-25. While
neither of them scored, tailbacks
Kaylon Price and Johnson com-
bined for 303 yards of rushing
offense, making key advances in
field position for the Grizzlies.
"It always helps to have two
great tailbacks like Price and
Johnson," Shibest said after the
A game with Fort Scott would
be the last test before the impend-
ing shootout with Garden City
way out west. The Grizzlies
passed 20-7 in what was pretty
much a ho-hum game.
"The defense played well. We
let them score on that one stupid
play. Other than that, they could-
n't do anything on us," said Eli
Palmisciano, a linebacker.
Stupid plays would have to be
kept to a minimum in the next
game. After all, Garden City was
then the No. 2 team in the nation
and hadn't given up a touchdown
all season. Vic Penn, their quarter-
back, had also passed for 1,500
"This is definitely one of our
biggest games," Jermaine Petty
"A very, very good game."
Defense was the key in defeat-
ing Garden City. A fumble recov-
ery early in the first quarter set up
a Carl Nesmith-Chad Lafferty
touchdown combination. Add that
to Stiles' earlier field goal and
Butler had an early 10-0 lead.
Thirteen seconds into the second
quarter a Bronc Buster pass was
intercepted, which set up another
field goal. Butler now led 13-0.
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They carried that lead into half-
Garden City had won the open-
ing coin toss and deferred to the
second half. Although they got the
ball to start the second half of play,
they turned it over quickly as
Butler's Jermaine Francis inter-
cepted a pass and returned it 48
yards for the score. Add the extra
point and the Grizzlies were up by
an amazing 20 points on the sec-
Garden got on the board near
the end of the third quarter after
the snap went over punter Stiles'
head. The Bronc Busters picked it
up in the end zone for an easy six.
Butler answered right back with
another touchdown and field goal
to knock off Garden 30-15.
"We played a very, very good
game," Coach Shibest said after
the game. "The kids like a chal-
lenge and were prepared to play."
The Grizzlies' win took Garden
out of the top five and catapulted
Butler to the number three spot,
where they would remain until
they would meet Garden City
Cloud 9 complacency?
Coach Shibest was a little wor-
ried after the Garden City defeat
that his players might not be ready
to take on Highland - the Jayhawk
Conference's little team.
Sometimes it is easy to underesti-
mate the capabilities of your oppo-
nent when you are on Cloud 9.
And at this point in the season, it
was starting to get around town
that El Dorado had a serious con-
tender on its hands.
But the worry was for nothing
as the Grizzlies tackled Highland
in the mud in northeast Kansas.
The first of three Mud Bowls the
Grizzlies would have to play.
This put Butler's record at 7-0
heading into homecoming week-
end with visiting Dodge City. "I
expect a big crowd," Coach
Shibest said. "People have got to
be excited with the way things are
"We have to be focused and
understand the importance of each
and every game we play. It's all
mental. If we come ready to play,
we can beat any team in the coun-
Home, sweet home
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At this point in the season, it
didn't matter how the Grizzlies
were winning. The point is they
were and everybody was happy
and excited. But in this game, they
won big. They were only up by
one after the first quarter, 8-7. But
behind three touchdown runs by
Andy Guhr and a kickoff return
by Carl Nesmith, Butler sailed eas-
ily 52-7 over Dodge. The final
point summed up the game-an
extra point kicked by AJ Blazek.
The win sealed the home field
advantage for the Grizzlies
throughout the playoffs. And at 8-
0, this was Shibest's first undefeat-
ed season at Butler after arriving
This also happened to be the
Homecoming game. Marcus
Childs, who had been injured in
the first game was crowned king,
and Megan Keim was crowned
queen during halftime.
It was cold and it was wet.
Correction: It was freezing and
there was a flood.
The first round playoff game
with Fort Scott could have been a
close game except someone forgot
to tell Rudi Johnson that you're
not supposed to be able to run
well in monsoon-like conditions.
Johnson, the freshman tailback
from Virginia, carried the ball 35
Far left: Give credit to Butler's defense
for holding up all season, sometimes in
undesirable weather. Thane Bernbeck
and Jason Peter stop Hutchinson's Tom
Grow in the mud. Left: Jermaine Francis
celebrates after Butler recovered a fum-
ble in the same game. Butler finished
fourth in the nation on total defense.
Photos by Justin Hayworth.
they couldn't do anything on us."
times for 231 yards in the 28-0 win
on the weekend that rain flooded
most of Butler County. This was
good because there was absolutely
no passing game. Between the two
teams, there were four pass
attempts and all were incomplete.
Butler was now all but assured
a bowl game. But with two more
playoff games remaining, there
was still some more unfinished
business to take care of, including
the trash-talking Hutchinson Blue
Dragons, who talked the talk, but
fell down trying to walk.
The first quarter saw three scor-
ing drives; a 25-yard run by
Johnson, an interception by Corey
Harris, and a pass from Allen. This
quickly put the score at 21-0.
Things were quiet in the second
half as a field goal by Adam Stiles
was the only points added to the
But in the third quarter alone,
Butler scored 28 points, as many
as they had allowed in the previ-
ous four contests. And the same
familiar names led the way.
Nesmith had another kickoff
return, this one for 77 yards. Rudi
Johnson broke free for an 86-yard
touchdown dash and Jermaine
Francis returned a blocked punt.
The final score of the quarter came
on a 20-yard run by Kaylon Price,
who had 101 yards on nine carries
in his first game back after a
quadricep injury. Price added
another touchdown in the fourth.
Hutch finally scored with six
minutes left in the game, well after
most of Butler's starters had sat
down. The final score: us 59, them
The Grizzly 23
A look back
game by game...
Game 2: BCCC 29
Game 3: BCCC 20
(2 OT) Coffey ville 17
If we come ready to play, we c;
When Garden City rolled into
town for the Jayhawk
Championship, it had revenge on
its mind. And rightly so, since
Butler had knocked them out of
national championship contention
with a win earlier in the season in
The Bronc Busters came out
early and scored a quick 10 points
against a sluggish Butler defense.
Their first score came after a
But an interception by Jermaine
Francis right before halftime
sparked a turn around for the
Grizzlies and put them back in
the game. It also put several anx-
ious Butler fans back on their feet,
as they had been silenced by
Garden City's domination.
Midway through the third, Carl
Nesmith scored on a 10-yard run
after Garden City's fake punt
failed. They led by one going into
An Adam Stiles season-best 40-
yard field goal and another
Johnson touchdown run sealed
the 24-13 victory and Jayhawk
Championship-the school's first
One more game
But they weren't through yet.
They had one more game to win
in Idaho. "We've enjoyed the suc-
cess we've had but we want to
finish it out," quarterback Josh
Allen said. "No one wants to lose
the last game of the season."
Indeed, a loss would certainly
taint a great season with a cloud
"If we slip up now nobody will
remember we were undefeated,"
said Shibest. "They'll just remem-
ber we lost."
No need to worry about that.
On the opening drive of the
Real Dairy Bowl, the Ricks
Vikings fumbled the ball and
allowed the Grizzlies to recover it.
A few plays later the Grizzlies
scored on a Rudi Johnson touch-
down. The extra-point attempt
failed and the Grizzlies led 6-0.
The Grizzlies got the ball back
again after forcing Ricks to punt.
Adam Stiles then hit a 37-yard
field goal to go ahead 9-0.
It looked like it was going to be
all Grizzlies until the Vikings
finally scored with just 26 seconds
to play in the first quarter. The
Grizzlies still had a slight edge
over the Vikings, 9-7.
Game 4: BCCC 39
Game 5: BCCC 20
Ft. Scott 7
Game 6: BCCC 30
Garden City 15
24 The Grizzly
beat any team in the country.
The fans had more to cheer
about soon enough when Johnson
broke free for another touch-
down. The extra-point was bust
again and the Grizzlies led 15-7.
Butler had the ball in the final
minutes of the half and were dri-
ving until they were bombarded
with several penalties that the
crowd found to be questionable.
Ricks got the ball and scored on a
field goal after two more Butler
penalties, both for roughing the
Butler went to halftime with
their lead cut to 15-10.
The second half began and the
Grizzlies were still being plagued
by penalties. After another ques-
tionable call, this one on a pass
interference that got the crowd
really steamed up, the Vikings
got into scoring position and took
the lead for the first time, 18-15.
To make matters worse the
Grizzlies starting quarterback
Josh Allen went down with an
injury and forced back-up quar-
terback Brad Grim to take a few
snaps. Allen would return a few
The third quarter ended with
the Vikings still winning 18-15.
The score remained the same
until late in the fourth quarter of
The Grizzlies had the ball with
just a few minutes left. You
sensed a feeling of immediacy in
both crowds. The Vikings knew
they had to make a defensive
stand and the Grizzlies knew
they had to score.
After a few small gains Allen
stepped back in the pocket and
sent off a rocket down the field to
wide receiver Damon Richardson.
Richardson caught the ball and
ran a few steps into the end zone
and gave Butler a late 22-18 lead.
Ricks got the ball back with a
little over a minute to play. The
Grizzlies defense knocked down
four straight passes and ended
the game-becoming the national
The purple sea parted and
flooded the field to congratulate
their warriors on an excellent
game. After the celebration the
fans and players retired to their
hotels and headed out early the
next day. As one Butler fan put it,
"Ricks' two-hour trip will be a lot
longer than our 20-hour trip."
Back in August, head coach
James Shibest-who would end up
winning the National Coach of
the Year award-had an idea his
team would do well. He was a lit-
tle off in his prediction, though.
"If we start out winning three
or four games and finish well, we
have a chance to be in the top
10," he said.
Well, coach, you finished No. 1.
National Junior College
Game 12: BCCC 22
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Game 11: BCCC 24
Garden City 13
Game 10: BCCC 59
Dodge City 7
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To the right: Lady Grizzly runners
Deanna Litke, Jana Culp and Brenda
Sommers round a muddy turn on
their way to a seventh-place team
finish at the national meet in
November. Never before has a
women's team from Butler placed
higher than 10th.
Below: Women's coach Deb Torneden
encourages Butler's runners as they
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A path not yet taken by a
Butler women's cross coun-
try team was trod by this
year's young group of women.
It has been seven years since a
Butler women's team has qualified for
the National Cross Country meet. But
this year's squad accomplished more
than just qualifying; they earned a
seventh ranking heading into the
meet, Butler's highest ever.
But they didn't just start the race in
seventh. With strong performances by
Cindy Dietrich and the Chaloupka
twins, Stacey and Tracey, the women's
team also finished seventh.
The seventh best team in Division
One. Not too shabby.
It took extensive training and hard
work to come away with a seventh
placing at nationals, held this year at
Johnson County Community College
in Overland Park.
But to the squad, this accomplish-
Story by Amy Train » Photos by Mike Shepherd
ment never seemed impossible.
"Our goal the whole season was to
make it to nationals. Then we real-
ized we could finish in the top 10,"
Dietrich says of the team's record-set-
Dietrich was the puppetmaster of
the season, sealing an individual sec-
ond-place finish at the Region VI
meet. Her time of 21 minutes helped
Butler place second as a team to
Barton County in that meet.
"Our goal all along was to be in the
top 10," says women's coach Deb
Torneden. "We definitely surpassed
Butler women have not competed
at the national level since 1992, when
the women earned a lOth-place finish.
They also placed 10th in 1989.
This year had been set aside as a
rebuilding year for women's cross
country. But the women have jumped
on the right track in just the first year
of reconstruction. Six of the team's top
eight runners are freshmen, says head
cross country coach Fred Torneden.
Besides Dietrich, the Chaloupkas also
placed in the top 10 at the regional
Last year, the squad was led by
Kasey Sawyer, who was the only
woman to compete at the national
event. She broke her personal record
by 30 seconds, but as a sophomore,
she graduated, leaving the team with-
out a clear leader.
But with the rising stars of the '98
campaign and the record-setting fin-
ish, the Tornedens" expectations shoot
to an even higher level.
"We hope to recruit a couple of
good, new runners and even go high-
er than this year," Deb Torneden says.
"We know what is out there, so now it
is time to obtain the higher goals."
Recruiting has always been a
strong suit for the cross country pro-
26 The Grizzly
gram, but this year may have been a little
"They kind of just fell in our lap this
year," she says. She says that this year's
group never dreaded a workout; they had
strong discipline and worked hard.
"We approach it in a way that we want
to work hard and accomplish something,"
she says. "And we want to get it done."
But the women weren't the only ones
of praise this year, as the Tornedens' were
voted Region VI Coaches of the Year. This
honor came mainly because of the
improvement of the women's program.
"This women's group has been extra
special to our coaching staff," Fred
Torneden says. "They are very coachable
and an extremely intelligent group... they
have been an absolute joy to work with."
More than four of the runners have
maintained a 4.0 grade point average in
the first semester of their college career,
signifying their achievement in the class-
room in addition to the race track.
The women weren't the only ones to
compete as the men's race was held later
that same day.
They repeated their performance of
1997 with another third place finish-this
time with 93 points. The Butler men have
finished third or higher at the national
meet in the past four years and were the
national champions in 1995.
Conference foe Dodge City won the
1998 meet with 27 points. "That's got to
be a record," Fred Torneden says. "We
won it in '95 with 41 points."
Rob Marney talks with Dennis Andersen,
his high school cross country coach from
Torrington, Wyoming, after competing in the
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Dean Book, a DJ at 88.1 fm, is a huge
fan of KISS. His collection of KISS
stuff-records, posters, masks, gui-
tars, and a bottle of wine, just to
name a few things-fills up most of
his El Dorado apartment. The band
influences most of the music he
plays on the air.
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28 The Grizzly
Karch 1, 1977 was a turning point in little
Dean Book's young life. Little did his grand-
ma realize it at the time, but when she took
her grandson downtown to what was then
El Dorado's TG&Y store, she was enlisting
the five-year-old boy in the army. The KISS Army. She was
enabling the Kindergartner to pledge allegiance to the
nation. The KISS Nation. She was turning the little boy
over to the face-painting, fake-blood-spewing, ultra-loud,
hard -rocking likes of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace
Frehley and Peter Criss.
Most little kids had nightmares about KISS. Be afraid.
Be very, very afraid.
"My grandma bought me Alive II at TG&Y for my fifth
birthday," recalls the 26-year-old Butler sophomore today.
"It came with rub-on tattoos
and books. First thing I did
was rub the tattoos on my
arms. I shouldn't have done
it, I guess, because now
they're worth a fortune."
Dean Book, who grew up
to be a rocker— known far
and wide for his band
Hostility (1986-1997), and
Gulch ("same band, just less
filling," he jokes)— is obvious-
ly a charter member of one of
the world's largest and loyal
rock band fan clubs, but he is
also an avid KISS memorabil-
ia collector. His collection,
which he began as a pre-
schooler—are you, the reader, grasping this?— numbers
thousands of pieces.
We're talking teddy bears, action figures, postcards,
(authentic, used) guitar picks, a Paul Stanley autographed
guitar, a Gene Simmon's autographed bass, comic books,
movies, lunch boxes, Beanie Babies (yes, KISS Beanie
Babies!), wine, trash cans, posters, magazines, Colorforms
(remember them?), coloring books, puzzles, games, toys,
not to mention albums, cassettes, CDs, and 50 or 60 T-
shirts from concerts he's attended.
His most prized possession, he says, is a towel from a
1979 concert that has Gene Simmons' fake blood on it.
"While other kids in elementary school were trading
baseball cards, I was collecting KISS cards," Book remem-
bers. "I traded my baseball cards to them in exchange for
KISS trading cards."
Goodbye, George Brett! Hello, Gene Simmons!
In high school, Dean Book temporarily lost interest in
the KISS Nation as he explored his own musical path. At
about the same time, KISS, the heavy metal group that can
trace its roots way back to the early 1970s, had fallen into a
slump. The band had become what Paul Stanley called
When KISS captured the rock n' roll world's imagina-
tion with the face paint, the fake blood, the platform shoes,
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the studded dog collars, the outlandish costumes and the
lyrics that encouraged young Americans to throw caution
to the wind, they couldn't crank out enough live albums to
keep the faithful, like Dean Book, satisfied. But then the
same merchandising appeals that lured Book and thou-
sands of others into the Army backfired on the bad boys
from New York.
"It became acceptable for a three-year-old kid to buy
KISS dolls," Gene Simmons recalls on the group's video
biography, KISS: Extreme Close-Up. "When we started out it
was considered dangerous."
KISS was called satan worshippers: "Kids In Satan's
Service," religious groups cried during the band's heyday.
Members of the group once had blood drawn in order to
throw into a vat of red ink for a 1977-78 Marvel Comics
comic book that was pub-
lished in their honor. (Of
course, Dean Book owns
Rather than packing in
the denizens of hell, KISS
in the 1980s began attract-
ing middle class families in
minivans who came to see
the legendary pyrotechnics,
the painted faces, the on-
stage hijinks and the cos-
tumes. KISS had become a
cliche. Spewing fake blood
was no longer shocking; it
became shtick. A made-for
TV NBC movie portrayed
the group as super heroes
and was targeted at Middle America.
But as the Eighties gave way to the Nineties, KISS
began a comeback and Book was right there to chronicle
the resurgence by snapping up memorabilia left and right.
"Until 1996, the stuff was fairly easy to get," Books says.
He met members of the band at a KISS convention in St.
Louis in 1995. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley auto-
graphed a real KISS logo tattoo on his leg. Stanley thought
it was "very cool," and a picture of Book's signed tattoo
was taken and published in the nine-pound, 500-page
KISSton/ book, which chronicles the group's exploits and
interaction with fans at concerts and at conventions that
are held all over the country.
Dean Book says that after the Beatles and Elvis, KISS
has the largest universe of memorabilia for collectors. "A
lot of the things that I buy, I buy two of them so I can take
them to conventions to sell," he adds. "These KISS items
are a good investment because the group has such a large,
loyal following. They're always in demand."
And so that's the story how a little boy from El Dorado,
Kan., came to join the KISS Army, the KISS Nation. That
trip to TG&Y was more than a passing fad, or some trendy
fashion. It was the beginning of a lifelong obsession.
"You could say my grandma changed my life that day,"
The GriaMly 29
Review and photos
by Kim Gaines
Truth be known, Tammy Lewis did-
n't even want to try out for the
lead role in The Scarlet Letter-Butler's last
dramatic production 1998. But there she
was, standing in the spotlight, telling the
audience about Hester Prynne, the
woman she was about to play.
"The funny thing is that I didn't even
want to audition. I was terrified because it was a college
production," Lewis says. "It wasn't until one of my friends
was sitting with the play in her hands, getting ready to go
and dazzle the director."
To her it was an unconscious taunting, at that point she
felt like she really wanted a part. Not only because her
friend was trying out, but because she felt like she could
do a good job playing the part. The Monday after audi-
tions, the list of cast members was posted
on the callboard.
"Anytime you go and check a call-
board, there are a million thoughts run-
ning through your mind. 'What could I
have done better?' 'Did I get the part?'
'Do I really want to know?' 'If I didn't,
how will I deal with it,' " Lewis says.
Because of the thoughts that were
going through her head, she really want-
ed to be able to read the callboard with-
out anyone else around, that way she
could deal with the results on her own.
30 The Grizzly
As it turned out, though, Lewis had nothing to worry
The Scarlet Letter is set back in days of old when the
witch trials were being held in New England. The story is
about a young widow— that's Lewis-who falls in love with
the town reverend, Arthur Dimmesdale, played by John
Sommerhauser. She ends up having a child and is labeled
by the community as an adulterer. Then when everything
seems to be settling in the community, her
long lost husband comes to the town and
Lewis has always known that she
wanted to be in theater. "I like being in
front of people," Lewis says. "If I couldn't
act professionally, then I want to bring
those experiences to someone else."
Top: Roger Chillingworth, played by Patrick
Herd, gets his revenge on Hester by making
her feel bad. Left: Mistress Hibbins, played
by Brandy Meyers, comforts Pearl, played by
Kimberly Hughes. Opposite page: In the open-
ing scene, Hester is in jail for adultery.
That's why she is double-majoring in theater and sec-
The Scarlet Letter was the first opportunity Lewis has
had at the college level to perform. While she was taking
on her first college role, she was also holding down 14 to
16 hours a week at the Information Services office, attend-
ing class 13 hours a week on top of going to play practices
every night from 6-9:30 or 10 p.m.
As far as the play itself, it was breathtaking to see the
set with its trees standing in the background, bold colors
filling in between and the actors portraying their charac-
ters with a smoothness that only comes with practice. It
was hard to tell who were the veteran actors on stage and
who were performing on stage at Butler for the first time.
The more you sat there, the more you felt like a part of it
"It was really an awesome experience," Lewis says. "I
really enjoy doing something that I truly love."
It was an i i > i n experience. I enjoy doing something that I truly love."
-Tammy Lewis, on playing the part of
Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter
The Grizzly 31
The Grizzly mascot repairs the net during halftime of the game between
Butler and Hutchinson on January 13. The Lady Grizzlies won their game
65-60 and the men won their game 72-61 to complete the
double-header sweep, only after the net was repaired.
Photo by Mike Shepherd